Mrs. Jean Thomasson Holmes

04/13/1928 - 03/04/2020


Jean Thomasson Holmes, 91, passed peacefully into Jesus’ presence March 4, 2020, surrounded by her children. As she did all of her life, she is still enjoying Jesus, her Savior and friend. She was born in South Hill, VA on April 13, 1928 to Luther and Claudia Thomasson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, H. Randolph Holmes, Sr. and her sister Elizabeth Sue Propst. She is survived by her daughter, Ann H. Hardin, her son H. Randolph Holmes, Jr. (Michaux) and daughter Claudia H. Stallings (Scott), her grandchildren Ben Holmes (Desirea), Drew Holmes (Lindsay) and Laura Holmes Shawley (Joey), Hanna Conaway, Emily Stallings and great grandson James Conaway. She graduated from Longwood College in 1949 and served as a teacher in South Hill Elementary School and South Hill Academy. As founder and proprietor of the Sonshine Book Shop for over 30 years she loved and prayed for countless friends who became family to her. She was a lifelong member of South Hill United Methodist Church and served in the choir, UMW, and teacher of the Alpha Bible Class for almost 50 years. The family will receive friends and family at Crowder Hite Crews Funeral Home in South Hill from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 P.M. at the South Hill United Methodist Church with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to Camp Willow Run, 190 Mangum Lane, Littleton, NC 27850 or the South Hill United Methodist Church, 105 Franklin St., South Hill, VA 23970. Online condolences may be sent through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holmes family.

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  1. Our Thoughts and Prayers

    To Ann and the entire family, please know that our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Mrs. Holmes was a super nice lady and an example to us all, with her positive attitude and Christian character. She will be greatly missed here and greatly welcomed in Heaven.

  2. Friend and Member of Mt. Vernon UMC

    Claudia, Scott and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll be thinking about you all and hoping that you will find some peace given the circumstances. Take care and I will keep you in my prayers.


  3. She was a lovely, kind lady. I will never forget her kindness many years ago when I lost my twins prior to delivery. I tried to pay it forward. Prayers for comfort for her family.

  4. Memories of Jean Holmes

    We have been sitting behind Jean at church since moving to South Hill in 2000. Her smile and friendliness were always enjoyed. We have missed her recently and will now always miss her presence. Jean was the angel whom we all loved and we treasure our time with her.

  5. Condolences to your family

    Thinking of you, Claudia, and your family. Sorry for the loss of your Mother but happy to know she is with Jesus. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Please accept my Sympathy

    Jean Holmes and I go way back to the early 80’s and I was able to keep up and even visit her at Sonshine Books many times over the years. She and Randolph even helped my husband and I in the early days of Kingsway. I still remember her as a wonderful Christian Lady so good with youth. Her children were so blessed to have strong Christian parents. My sympathy goes out to them as she will surely be missed.


    Jean Holmes was a lady that I have admired all my life. She was one of the finest Christian ladies anybody wants to know. She loved her Lord so very much . I know that she is loving being in the presence of her Lord and Savior. May God be with each member of her family in the months ahead without her. Lots of love from our family to yours.

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